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Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are viewed as having a great potential for improving quality, continuity, safety and efficiency in healthcare and they are being implemented across the world. In this issue we look first History of EHR, Importance of EHR, Benefits of Electronic Health Records and Challenges of EHR Systems, EHR and Quality of Medical Care, EHR and Eye care, EMR Manual and Software.

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The Issue Features...
Electronic Health Records
Vol.12 No.4 July & August 2015
•  Introduction
•  History of EHR
•  Importance of EHR
•  Benefits of Electronic Health Records
•  Challenges of EHR Systems
•  EHR and Quality of Medical Care
•  EHR and Eye care
•  EMR Manual & Software

•   Past Issues


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  • An EHR is a longitudinal electronic version of a patient’s medical information. This includes patient demographics, progress notes, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data, and radiology or other reports. The EHR streamlines provider access to patient information, and has the potential to help providers improve quality of care. Having readily accessible, centralized data about each patient can help providers reduce medical and prescribing errors by improving the accuracy and clarity of medical records and prescriptions. EHRs can increase efficiency by reducing redundant tests and services as well as delays in treatment. Additionally, EHRs may help make health records more accessible to patients, thus helping them become better informed and capable of advocating for themselves. Overall, the EHR can transform health care delivery to be more accurate, better coordinated, as well as more time- and cost-efficient.

  • AN INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS

  • This chapter explains a brief history of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), methods of entering information in an EHR program, acronyms for EHRs, barriers to EHR use, describe the benefits of EHR and discuss the current EHR incentives.



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  • HISTORY OF THE ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD SYSTEM

  • The idea of recording patient information electronically instead of on paper – the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) – has been around since the late 1960‘s, when Larry Weed introduced the concept of the Problem Oriented Medical Record into medical practice.1 Until then, doctor‘s usually recorded only their diagnoses and the treatment they provided. Weed‘s innovation was to generate a record that would allow a third party to independently verify the diagnosis.

  • ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS: HISTORY IN THE MAKING

  • This article focuses on EHR functional capabilities and applications, early history of EHR technology, EHRs now, and remaining challenges.



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  • IMPROVING CARE: PRIORITIES TO IMPROVE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD

  • The American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes the potential value of electronic health records (EHRs). Effective use of EHRs is a key element in achieving the AMA guidelines describes EHR Usability Priorities such us Key Challenges Physicians Face with Current EHRs, Support Team-Based Care, Promote Care Coordination, Reduce Cognitive Workload, Solutions, Facilitate Digital and Mobile Patient Engagement, Expedite User Input into Product Design and Post-Implementation Feedback.

  • EMRS FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF CARE: PROMISE AND PITFALLS

  • This American College of Physicians policy paper focuses the barrier and implementation of EMR and also refers to use of the terms of EMR and EHR.

  • BEYOND ADOPTION: DOES MEANINGFUL USE OF EHR IMPROVE QUALITY OF CARE?

  • This report focuses on the federal initiative for meaningful use (MU) of EHR aims to maximize the potential of quality improvement, yet there is little empirical study on the impact of the initiative and, more broadly, the relation between MU and quality of care. Leveraging features of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for exogenous variations, we examine the impact of MU on healthcare quality. We found evidence that MU significantly improves quality of care.

  • PERCEPTIONS OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS AND THEIR EFFECT ON THE QUALITY OF CARE: RESULTS FROM A SURVEY OF PATIENTS IN FOUR STATES

  • As federal resources are invested into wider adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) in primary care practices, it is important to understand patients’ perceptions of EHRs, including their effect on the patient-provider relationship, quality of care, and views toward data security and confidentiality.



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  • ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS: MANUAL FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

  • WHO manual provides a general overview, some basic definitions and examples of EHR practices. Also covered are points for consideration when moving towards the introduction of an EHR, some issues and challenges which may need to be addressed and some possible strategies, along with steps and activities to implementation.

  • OPHTHALMOLOGY UPDATE EMR - CLEVELAND CLINIC

  • Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute's Ophthalmology Update: Perspective on the undeniable assimilation of electronic medical records (EMR) into the practice of ophthalmology.

  • EMR SOFTWARE

  • The SN TCS Ophthalmic EMR software is an essential tool to manage patient records and streamline the workflow. It allows to see more patients each day, reduces the costs associated with managing your hospital, and ensures patient safety and confidentiality. Implementing the ophthalmic EMR is easy and takes a minimal amount of time to install, learn and maintain.

  • OPHTHALMOLOGY EHR: READY TO USE, EASY TO CUSTOMIZE

  • CureMD Ophthalmology EHR system supports built-in templates attuned to Ophthalmology that automate and streamline the entire workflow. In addition to the standard EHR functionalities, CureMD Ophthalmology EHR also integrates with Ophthalmology Diagnostic systems to perform various procedures such as retinal scans and instantly adds digital images and results directly to patient records. Similarly, Ophthalmologists are also able to import Ophthalmology specific content such as automated refraction measurements. The system unifies information gathered from EHR, Practice Management and electronic billing for analysis, trending and reporting.



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